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Haven’t heard much from J. K. Rowling lately, but she has resurfaced with a big new surprise for fans of Harry Potter: there is now a mysterious new website called Pottermore. No real content there, but if you click on the that provides an owl-themed countdown toward some announcement in a few days time.

I expect that rather than new Potterverse fiction, this is the long-awaited official Harry Potter encyclopedia. Rowling has been quoted in the past saying “I might do an eighth book for charity, a kind of encyclopedia of the world so that I could use all the extra material that’s not in the books … we’ll see!” You will also recall that Rowling sued the author and publisher of a proposed Harry Potter Lexicon, stating that she intended to one day undertake such a project herself. This may be it. If so, my concern is that Rowling will insert more silliness about the characters and setting that doesn’t actually appear in the novels, like the absurd “Dumbledore is gay” concept.

In any case, should be interesting to see what Pottermore turns out to be.

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